West Kent Sunday League News Report Sunday 6th May 2018

Crowborough Town's name is on the Intermediate Cup for the first time since 2011 after their 4-2 win

WKSFL Intermediate Cup Final.

at Culverden Stadium, Tunbridge Wells Cassidy's Phoenix FC  -v-  Crowborough Town FC

In beautiful weather, although perhaps a little warm for football, both teams gave their all to produce, for a good size crowd, a very entertaining cup final.

The writing was on the wall in the first few minutes, as both teams went close to finding their opponent's net. Then play settled down and two evenly matched sides began to play good football without threatening to open the scoring. Eventually, as might have been expected, it was a rare defensive error in the Cassidy's penalty area that enabled Rob Guile to steal the ball, round the keeper and stroke the ball into an empty net to give Crowborough the lead. With half time approaching, a Cassidy's free kick midway into the Town half was well flighted to the far post and bundled over the line by Alex Cooper to bring the scores level.

Half Time :  Cassidy's Phoenix FC   1  -  1  Crowborough Town FC

An injury to Town's club captain, Darren Nicol, had meant a change in their defence but this wasn't the reason for the next goal. lt was just 14 seconds after the re-start (yes, fourteen seconds) when Cassidy's Ollie Muggeridge put a long ball into the Crowborough penalty area. It glanced off a centre-backs's head to loop over the keeper and roll gently into the net. Credited as an own goal. For the next ten minutes Crowborough really tested their opponents defence but they held firm until Luke Leppard broke down the right wing and cut into the penalty area. With the Cassidy's defender taking him wide, Leppard shot from an impossibly fine angle to beat the 'keeper at his near post and level the scores. With the temperature soaring both mangers made judicious use of their substitutes, but with chances at both ends neither side could find the winner. So the game went to extra time.

Full Time :  Cassidy's Phoenix FC   2   -   2   Crowborough Town FC

Extra time saw both teams continuing to give everything until, after ten minutes, Town's 'dynamic duo' struck with Luke Leppard racing down the left wing to beat the defender and roll the ball across the area for Rob Guile to side-foot the ball into Cassidy's net. How many times this season have these two fashioned important goals for Crowborough ? 

Extra Time - half time :  Cassidy's Phoenix FC   2   -  3   Crowborough Town FC

Even with the managers continuing to use their substitutes and the roll-on/roll-off facility, the heat was taking its toll. Cassidy's couldn't be faulted for effort to get back on even terms, but Crowborough kept them at bay and held on to their lead. Then with two minutes of the game left Town, broke forward and once again it was Luke Leppard, giving his opponent a torrid time with his speed, he broke into the penalty area.  A tackle from tired legs resulted in a penalty and the ball was handed to Town's penalty specialist Andy Pollard. He made no mistake in beating the Cassidy's keeper with a well struck shot into the top corner to give Town a two goal cushion. Even with a few minutes of added time for all the substitutions and despite Cassidy's last ditch efforts, Town held on to clinch the game.

Extra Time - full time :  Cassidy's Phoenix FC   2   -   4   Crowborough Town FC 

Our reporter said "One of best Cup finals I've seen for quite a while. A credit to both teams and the Match Officials.

Division One

With the season almost over, there is a two horse race for the runner's up spot. It's difficult to say who will be favourites. Green Lane lost ground with a 4-2 defeat in the local derby at Paddock Wood

It was an exciting fast paced game on a very hot Sunday morning. Paddock Wood took the lead, when Alex  Chaplin scored with a great through ball from Russell Breden.  An ambiguous penalty awarded for a hand ball, from which Green Lane drew level with the spot kick taken by Karl Smith.  End to end battling followed, great football. Paddock Wood looked like they were going to get their second, when Green Lane took the lead 1 - 2, the scorer being hot shot Tom Welch.  Not giving up, Paddock Wood pressed further and were rewarded just before half time, when Jack Cummins got the equalizer.  Second half and  Paddock Wood looked like they were going to take the lead again when James Hall shot from the kick off, sending the 'keeper scrambling back towards his net and just tipping the ball over.  More great passing football and Paddock Wood were again rewarded with their efforts when Alex Chaplin scored from an acute angle.  3 - 2.  With ten minutes to go, the game was put to bed when a great ball was crossed through to James Hall who struck it first time on the volley. The keeper stood no chance as the ball hit the back of the net with force.  Brilliant team effort by all, great saves by the keeper Will Martin when it mattered and every player giving 100 % to the game and a well deserved win. Game over  with a 4 - 2 win to Paddock Wood FC.

Armada finished their programme with a 4-2 win over Insulators. Another slow start by Insulators saw them two down inside the first twenty minutes. Jake Pingault, up from the reserves, then pulled a goal back but sloppy defending allowed Armada to reclaim their 2 goal advantage.

A fine pass from Marc Scott found Martin Page-Mitchell who reduced the deficit to one for half time. Plenty of chances came for both sides in the second half, but it was Armada who got the final goal with a header from a free kick. Armada's scorers were Harry Tampsett with two, also Paul Oliver and Mark Vivian.

Insulators seem likely to finish bottom of the table after a difficult and disappointing season, but with Pembury Sunday having ended their season, a win against local rivals Paddock Wood next week would do the trick.

Artois United will almost certainly be awarded three points after Tonbridge Origin failed to raise a team for their scheduled match.  That will bring them to within one point of Green Lane with two matches to play. First is a tough test next week at Green Lane, who will be after the points in an attempt to secure runner's up medals, then in the final game they face Insulators.

West Kent Sunday League Division One including Sunday 6th May
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Simla (C) 14 13 1 0 57 16 41 40
2 Green Lane 13 8 2 3 40 27 13 26
3 Armada 14 7 2 5 31 32 -1 23
4 Artois United 11 7 1 3 41 18 23 22
5 Tonbridge Origin 13 5 3 5 43 33 10 18
6 Paddock Wood 13 3 0 10 24 66 -42 9
7 Pembury Sunday 14 2 1 11 22 46 -24 7
8 Insulators 12 1 2 9 21 41 -20 5

Division Two

The only scheduled game did not take place as FC Grinstead failed to fulfil their game against champions Green Street Blues. The only outstanding issue in (a) whether Crowborough Town can play their remaining five matches by 20th May and (b) whether they can win at least four of them to pip Royal Oak for the runner's up medals.

West Kent Sunday League Division Two including Sunday 6th May
No games were played on 6th May
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Green Street Blues (C) 15 13 1 1 68 23 45 40
2 Royal Oak 16 12 0 4 56 31 25 36
3 Crowborough Town 11 8 0 3 52 26 26 24
4 Cassidy's Phoenix 15 7 2 6 45 32 13 23
5 Brenchley 15 7 1 7 21 34 -13 22
6 FC Grinstead 11 5 1 5 39 22 17 16
7 Goudhurst United 15 3 2 10 37 62 -25 11
8 Langton Green 16 2 2 12 25 72 -47 8
9 Tonbridge Invicta 14 2 1 11 24 65 -41 7

Division Three

In the only game, Tonbridge Origin Reserves travelled to play East Grinstead Mavericks and came home happy after a 5-3 win. A hat-trick from Ben Holder and two from Will Ashenden gave them the spoils. For Mavericks, Ryan Brampton, Aidan Bramall and an own goal were the scorers.

Tonbridge Origin Reserves hold the key to the Division Three title. Next week they meet Speldhurst Rangers, a game Rangers must win for a chance secure the honours. Failure would hand the title to St John's Yard, whose final game against Insulators Reserves remains unscheduled.

West Kent Sunday League Division Three including Sunday 6th May
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 St John's Yard 15 11 2 2 70 27 43 35
2 Speldhurst Rangers 15 11 1 3 68 36 32 34
3 TW Ridgewaye # 16 8 4 4 53 32 21 25
4 Tonbridge Casuals 16 7 2 7 31 35 -4 23
5 Tonbridge Origin Reserves 13 7 1 5 37 30 7 22
6 Tonbridge United + 16 6 1 9 29 47 -18 22
7 East Grinstead Mavericks 16 4 1 11 18 64 -46 13
8 Insulators Reserves 13 4 0 9 21 37 -16 12
9 Paddock Wood Reserves 14 1 4 9 18 37 -19 7

# three points deducted  + three points awarded
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